Tammy Abraham opens up on life in the last six months at Chelsea and how his move to Roma transpired after a conversation with Jose Mourinho.
Tammy Abraham decided to join AS Roma against all odds and is doing well at the Italian side under former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Since joining the Italian capital club, the forward has scored four goals and provided three assists in ten appearances in all competitions so far.
Looking back at the transfer, Abraham highlighted part of his interesting conversation with Mourinho before deciding on a move. He had reported interest from English clubs such as Arsenal, but Roma’s quick desire made him choose the Serie A side.
Abraham said, “I had different options. So many clubs I was speaking to at the time. I spoke to Jose. He had a goal. I could see where he wanted Roma to go and see where he wants to take them, and I wanted to be part of the process. He really put his trust in me, so he was a big impact on the reason why I chose Roma.”
“I picked up the phone, and he was like, ‘Do you want to enjoy some sun or stay in the rain?’ I have learned so much tactically – as much as I have in my entire lifetime. It is good. You need to learn off different managers. Right now, I am learning a lot.”
Furthermore, he also said things about his last six months at Chelsea and how things went downhill since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel. The striker’s quotes appeared on the Evening Standard as he explained his need for a move, despite having the option to stay at Stamford Bridge.
“I had an ambition and a goal that I set myself, and it was to go out there and be the best I can be, to prove to everyone my true abilities. The easy option would’ve been to stick around and sit down. Chelsea’s a massive club; they will compete and try to win trophies, so the easy option would’ve been to do that.
“I realised that I needed to go out and prove myself. I took a decision, and it was the right one. At first, it’s quite tough to deal with,” said Abraham. You’ve gone from playing regularly to not being in the mix and not even making the bench sometimes. I got to a point where I had to sit down and talk to myself.
“I was going out to train, and I was doing it for me. I was going to train to better myself because it’s easy to throw a strop, be angry around the place, and be a bad egg. For me, it was the opposite. I want to be in the names of the best striker in the world when they’re ranking the strikers. That’s my aim, and I won’t stop until I’m there.”